If the assessor does not send a notice pursuant to Section 619 or 621 to an assessee whose property was not on the prior year's secured roll, or to
an assessee of real property on the local secured roll whose property's full value
has increased, then the assessee may pay taxes under protest. If payments are made in installments, the protest need not be repeated with the
second installment. Protests shall be made by filing with the clerk of the county board, a petition for assessment reduction on the form prescribed by the county board. The county board may, after receipt of the petition for assessment reduction, hold a public hearing at the next regular board meeting, notice of time and place
of which shall be sent to the person paying the tax under protest at the address stated
in the protest or if no such address is stated, then to the address of the assessee
according to the last equalized assessment roll. If the taxes are so paid and the assessee has not previously applied for a reduction
of the assessment, the county board, at its next annual meeting as an equalization board, shall equalize the assessment in the manner prescribed by Article 1 (commencing with Section 1601) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of this division.
The tax rate fixed for property on the roll on which the property so equalized appears
at the time of its original assessment shall be applied to the amount of the equalized
assessment, determined in accordance with the preceding paragraph. In the event that the resulting figure is less than the tax computed, the taxpayer shall be liable for tax only for the lesser amount, and the
difference shall be canceled. If the taxpayer has already paid the tax previously computed, the difference shall be refunded to him or her pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 5096) of Part 9 of this division, as an erroneously collected tax.
If any taxes are paid under protest pursuant to this section, the taxing agency to
which the taxes are paid may, in accordance with Section 26906.1 of the Government Code, impound those taxes until the final disposition of the claim or action respecting the protest. No impounding of taxes is required.
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